Plan for Rehabilitation Visit

At Franciscan Children’s, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs so they can receive specialized care in a compassionate and positive environment. We share an unwavering commitment to excellence, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and live their best life.

Our inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation program provides comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services for children who are recovering from serious illness, traumatic injury, or major surgery.

Our inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation program provides inpatient therapeutic and medical services to children requiring respiratory support.

At Franciscan Children’s, we recognize parents and guardians as important members of a child’s treatment team. We hope you will find the following information helpful as you prepare for your child’s admission.

We know that making the transition to a new hospital can be overwhelming. Our Child Life team created our Transition Book designed to walk you and your child through what a stay in our Inpatient Rehabilitation programs will look like. You can scroll through this unique, visual resource here, or click the button below.

Download our Transition Book
Directions to Franciscan Children’s can be found on our website here. When you arrive on campus, guests should park in Parking Lot A and register at the main desk upon entry.  The Rehabilitation programs are located on the second and third floor of the hospital, just a short elevator ride up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my child need rehab? Why can’t we just go home?

Many children who experience traumatic injury, undergo surgery, or are medically fragile, are not ready to go home. Your child’s physician has recommended that he or she come to a rehabilitation facility to receive intense physical, occupational, speech, or pulmonary therapy that is not available at the acute care hospital where your child was first a patient. At Franciscan Children’s, our mission is to help your child reach his or her fullest potential, and help you get home as safely and comfortably as possible.

How long will my child be in the hospital?

This is a difficult question to answer until we get to know your child. During your first few days, your child will be evaluated by various specialists. Once the evaluations are completed, all the clinicians on your child’s treatment team will discuss their findings at weekly rounds, and recommend an estimated length of stay. We will communicate this information to you.

Will I be able to stay with my child?

You are most welcome to stay with your child. We can accommodate one parent at bedside. The only exception is if your child is admitted to the Observation Room, in which case, you may stay overnight in the Family Room.

What should I pack for my child?

We encourage our patients to wear their regular clothes whenever possible. We have found that comfortable t-shirts and sweatpants or shorts work best for children and teenagers. If your child has a favorite blanket or comforter, you are encouraged to bring this as well.

What are the visiting hours?

In general, visiting hours are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. If your child is receiving maximum therapies and has a full schedule, we recommend visits later in the afternoon on weekdays. Saturday afternoons and Sundays are set aside for visiting time as well. We encourage you to plan your visits with your child’s treatment team.

Is parking available?

Yes, it is free. Families are asked to register with their license plate upon entering.

Is there a cafeteria?

Yes, our Cafeteria is located on the first floor and is open to families, visitors and staff each weekday, from 7:00am to 10:15am, and 11:00am to 1:30pm.

Questions about the Inpatient Rehabilitation program can be directed to the Admissions team by calling 617-254-3800 ext. 2600

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